North Shore to be protected from development

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Thursday that an agreement has been reached between the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, The Trust for Public Land, and Turtle Bay Resort to establish a conservation easement on 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku.

Portions of this land had previously been planned for development but will now be protected forever from future development.

Click here to see a map of the zones at the Turtle Bay Resort.

“As I said in my State of the State Address this year, ‘there are times for planning, and there are times for acting; now is the time to preserve open spaces at Turtle Bay,'” Gov. Abercrombie said.  “This historic agreement is the result of public and private interests joining together to benefit the people of Hawaii and our visitors.  This protects the heritage and rural character of the North Shore to ‘Keep the Country Country.'”

State Sen. Clayton Hee said, “The shoreline from Kahuku Point to Kawela Bay represents one of the most beautiful and pristine areas on all of Oahu.  As elected leaders, we have a profound and solemn duty and responsibility to preserve and protect this shoreline for future generations just as our ancestors did before us.”

“I have always been a supporter of the preservation of the North Shore and the state’s long-term effort to protect the natural beauty of the North Shore and Windward communities,” said Sen. David Ige.  “I am pleased that, with the support of Senator Clayton Hee, negotiations have continued to move forward to this point after the Senate initially took action on this issue in the form of SB 894 last session. This settlement agreement is an example of how collaboration between the State, City and County, and private sector can result in a successful outcome when all stakeholders involved work together.”

“Today’s agreement is an example of collaboration and compromise for the greater good and I am grateful to all of those who worked together to make this a reality,” said Rep. Richard Fale.  “I hope today isn’t the end of this community collaboration. There is still an opportunity for this agreement to yield benefits across the community if general obligation funds can be secured to maximize community benefit from the resources within that community and also offer a fiscally responsible and self-sustaining source of funding to improve infrastructure, especially in our schools.  This is particularly important to our district because our rural schools often struggle to get the financial support they need.”

The conservation easement will be placed upon the land and will permanently limit use of the land in order to protect the ecological, recreational and open space characteristics of Oahu’s North Shore. The Turtle Bay Resort will continue to own, use and hold title to the land, but it and future owners of the land will be bound by the restrictions.  The easement will protect, and in many cases, allow restoration of critical marine and land ecosystems and Hawaiian cultural resources.  It will foster and enable recreational and educational uses of the land.

The total value of this agreement is $48.5 million; $40 million will be provided by the state, $5 million will b e provided by the city, and $3.5 million will be provided by The Trust for Public Land. The amounts of money provided by the state and the city are subject to appropriation and release of the funds. Gov. Abercrombie has previously asked for and encourages the Legislature to appropriate $40 million in general obligation bonds.

The City Council has previously appropriated $5 million for this matter. The Trust for Public Land will be obtaining funds from various sources.  The final documents and details of the agreement are to be worked out between the parties.

“We are excited to be a part of the stewardship to protect these natural resources and to secure forever the public’s access to that entire shoreline from Kawela Bay to Kahuku Point,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We want to thank the state for its leadership in this effort and to the people around the table who worked hard to make sacrifices and to find common ground. The work is not yet complete, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin said, “The City Council has constantly demonstrated its commitment to land conservation as evidenced by the Fiscal Year 2014 budget appropriation of $5 million to preserve Kawela Bay.  Protecting such a valuable natural resource on the North Shore today is an investment that will reap dividends for generations to come.”

This agreement benefits the public in many ways, such as preserving open space and providing public access to beaches in the area at no charge. It also allows public access to more than five miles of coastal hiking trails and opens up the area for traditional native Hawaiian cultural practices.  In addition, the agreement keeps recreational use available to the public and prevents the sprawl of urban development in the area.

“This historic conservation agreement is supported by The Trust for Public Land, The North Shore Community Land Trust and many community organizations, residents of the North Shore and people from all over our island, along with visitors who enjoy and treasure the area,” said The Trust for Public Land, Hawaiian Islands State Director Lea Hong.

Turtle Bay Resort Chief Executive Officer Drew Stotesbury said, “As a part of the North Shore community, Turtle Bay Resort is proud to contribute to the conservation of these unique lands.”

Moving to Maui

Well I have decided that I will be moving to Maui!

Why Maui instead of staying on Oahu where I know the island so good from living there for so long, and where I have lots of friends, and I love surfing the North Shore. Well it is simple, I don’t NEED to be on Oahu like when I was going to school there, so I decided to move someplace where there is less traffic, and is more beautiful. I might still visit Oahu, but I would rather live where it is more mellow, and Maui is the perfect place for that.

See you soon Maui 🙂

Shark bites off snorkeler’s arm

A visitor from Germany was critically injured and lost her right arm in an apparent shark attack Wednesday afternoon at a Makena beach in South Maui.

It was the fifth shark attack so far this year in Maui waters, where a jump in attacks was seen last year, and was the eighth attack this year statewide, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

This puts the state on pace to top 2012’s record of 11, the most attacks in the past 12 years and more than twice the yearly average of 4.75 attacks.

The woman, about 20, was snorkeling at Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock, when beachgoers heard her cries for help.

“She screamed and called for help,” said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Beachgoers went to the woman’s aid and brought her to shore in a kayak.

The woman had been snorkeling roughly 50 yards offshore when the apparent attack occurred. The water was choppy with limited visibility, the county said.

The Maui Fire Department got the call at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Responding firefighters administered first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the unconscious woman.

“Her right arm was severed right below the shoulder,” Mainaga said. The arm was not found, he said.

She was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Mainaga said.

The woman was with a couple of friends, who did not see the attack or a shark, he said.

The shark attack could not be confirmed because no one saw anything, Mainaga said.

“Everybody is under the assumption that it was a shark.”

Maui County lifeguards worked with the Fire Department to fly a helicopter along the coastline to check for the presence of sharks, a Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman said in an email.

They closed the shoreline 1 mile north to Mana Kai Maui Resort and 1 mile south to Makena Resort, Mainaga said. Officials said they will reassess the closure this morning.

Witnessed told Maui Now that it took some time before the woman was brought to shore.

Palauea Beach has no reef to prevent sharks from coming closer to shore.

DLNR has awarded a two-year, $186,000 contract to University of Hawaii shark researchers to study the spatial dynamics of tiger sharks around Maui.

DLNR education and outreach coordinator Laura Stevens had said that spear fishermen were reporting “increasing boldness of large sharks encountered in Maui waters.”

Tiger shark attacks are the most common, and the species is considered the most aggressive in Hawaii waters.

Most of the shark attacks in Hawaii waters do not, however, result in critical injuries, and fatalities are few. Perhaps the best known Hawaii shark attack survivor is surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in October 2003 off Haena, Kauai.

The last fatal attack was in April 2004, when 57-year-old Willis Mc­Innis was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing off Pohaku Park, Maui. He suffered a 14-inch bite wound in his right thigh and died of blood loss. That was the first fatal attack in more than 10 years here.

On Tuesday, a shark, estimated at roughly 10 to 12 feet long, bit an unmanned kiteboard at Kaa Point near Kahana Beach Park in Kahului. Morgan Flannery of San Francisco ditched her kiteboard a quarter-mile offshore after having trouble with it, swam to shore and watched as the shark attacked it.

At 8:15 a.m. July 31, a California woman, Evonne Cashman, was snorkeling about 125 yards offshore at Ulua Beach in Wailea when a shark attacked her in 10 feet of turbid water.

She suffered puncture wounds to both surfaces of the right side of her torso and cuts to her right hand.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 21, two attacks by reef sharks occurred on Maui, one at Honokowai in Kaanapali, and another in Paia Bay.

There have been six shark attacks on people in Hawaii waters this year:

[list][list_item icon=”icon-th”]At 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16, a man was surfing in 10 feet of water about 200 yards off Kiholo Bay, Hawaii island, when a 10-foot-long tiger shark bit him. He suffered cuts on his right forearm and the lower part of his right leg.[/list_item][list_item icon=”icon-th”]About 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Jacob Lansky was surfing about 75 yards offshore of Paia Bay, Maui, when a 6-foot-long reef shark bit the rail of his foam board. Lansky was not injured.[/list_item][list_item icon=”icon-th”]At 8:30 a.m. April 2, a 58-year-old California man visiting Maui was bitten while surfing off Kaanapali. He suffered two deep cuts on his right thigh.[/list_item][list_item icon=”icon-th”]At 2 p.m. July 29, a 19-year-old Kaneohe man was bitten by what was believed to be a tiger shark at White Plains Beach. Kiowa Gatewood underwent emergency surgery.[/list_item][list_item icon=”icon-th”]Between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. July 31, a woman was bitten about 30 feet off a rocky point at Ulua Beach in Wailea in murky water. The California visitor was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center and underwent surgery.[/list_item][list_item icon=”icon-th”]At 4:41 p.m. Wednesday, a visitor from Germany was critically injured and lost her right arm in an apparent shark attack near Makena, Maui. Witnesses did not see a shark.[/list_item][/list]

Moving to Maui

Well I have decided that when I return to Hawaii I will be living on Maui!

Why Maui instead of going back to Oahu where I know the island so good from living there for so long, and where I have lots of friends, and I love surfing the North Shore. Well it is simple, I don’t NEED to be on Oahu like when I was going to school there, so I decided to move someplace where there is less traffic, and is more beautiful. I might still visit Oahu, but I would rather live where it is more mellow, and Maui is the perfect place for that.

I will be on the Mainland for a few more months finishing up my Studio Arts degree, and seeing the doctors here as well. I am hoping that i will be able to find good doctors on Maui, as I have Hepatitis C, and it comes with lots of medical problems, so I will need good doctors. I also have to find out if I can get my disability and SSI payments on Maui, so this summer I will travel there to check out the situation.

See you soon Maui 🙂

Hep C Hawaii

After finding out that I contracted Hepatitis C in 2009 I wanted to help others in Hawaii and elsewhere and I am trying to develop a network of resources for hepatitis C and to increase awareness about the Silent Epidemic in Hawaii to help to stop their spread and promote early testing, vaccination and treatment.

Most people, who are infected with Hep C, may wait to be tested until they feel ill without earlier intervention education. They often will not feel ill until it may be too late to be treated. Most people have Hep C and don’t even know it. Please get tested!

There should be gatherings so people can learn & gain knowledge to care, nurture and help others are trying to educate people about their need to be tested, vaccinated and possibly be treated before spread these diseases to other and before it is too late for them to be treated.

I am thinking about having on-line meetings to educated the public about Hep C, and to advocate early testing.

My Condition

Compensated cirrhosis means that the liver is still able to cope with or compensate for the damage and carry out most (sometimes all) of its functions. Cirrhosis, as with fibrosis, ranges from mild (at the beginning) to moderate and severe. Severe cirrhosis can then progress to decompensated cirrhosis. The rate of progression of cirrhosis is different in different people but is not apparently related to genotype. Progression is effected by similar factors to fibrosis but at this stage the effect of alcohol on liver damage is even greater.

Many people do not experience symptoms once they have developed compensated cirrhosis that differ from those they may have had during the chronic phase of the disease. Many people experience no symptoms at all. In general people with well-compensated cirrhosis have normal liver function for serum albumin, clotting factors and bilirubin and even sometimes normal liver enzymes. There is also no evidence of portal hypertension. But over time without treatment compensated cirrhosis does seem to progress inevitably to decompensated cirrhosis. For some people this may take many years and they may well die from other unrelated causes before that time. From the studies so far it appears that on average 18% of people with compensated cirrhosis will progress to decompensated cirrhosis after 5 years and that after ten years the rate will be 29%.

As with the chronic stage of hepatitis C peoples experiences and symptoms during compensated cirrhosis will vary significantly.
The following is a list of symptoms that are more specifically associated with compensated cirrhosis, (and this can be on top of any of the other symptoms that can be experienced with hepatitis C). It doesn’t mean however that you will necessarily experience them or that if you do, that it means you have cirrhosis.

General Symptoms
•    Tiredness and weakness (This may result from insufficient nutrients being processed by the liver)
•    Loss of appetite.
•    Nausea and vomiting.
•    A build-up of fluid in the legs and abdomen.
•    Weight loss.
•    The tendency to bruise easily.
•    Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the white of the eyes).
•    Itchiness.
•    Sensitivity to drugs due to reduced ability of the liver to inactivate them

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Am I Leaving Hawaii?

I have Stage 4  chronic hepatitis C with cirrhosis of the liver.

How did I get this Hep C virus? This is a great question  that I wish I  could answer!

I have never shot drugs, and I am not an alcoholic (I used to drink a few beers now and then, but nothing heavy), no tattoos, or do anything that one would expect to get hepatitis C. I have done a lot of research and many of the people who have Hepatitis C do not know where they got it from.

How did I find out that I have the Hep C virus? Back in June I had to go to the hospital for getting bitten by bed bugs, but while in the hospital the doctors were trying to figure out why I was so fatigued. They took blood, mainly for the bed bug infection, but never tested for Hepatitis C so while in the hospital it was not discovered. The doctors never could tell me why I am so tired when I was hospitalized. I would argue that if they tested the blood for everything, they would have found out, and I might not be in the situation that I am today, but that is the past, and I am not going to deal on the past!

Since getting out of the hospital I have been going to the free clinic at Queen’s hospital in Honolulu (I have no medical insurance), first for follow ups, but then to find why I am so tired, and weak all the time. I will hand it to the original doctor I was seeing there, as he thought that I might have hepatitis C, at first I thought that he was joking, as I thought there is no way! it turns out that he as right. This did take 3 months to find out, so the medical attention that you get in Hawaii is extremely slow!!

After finding out that I did test positive for Hepatitis C, they had me take many, many blood tests. Then I took a liver biopsy and found out that my Hepatitis C is chronic at stage 4 with cirrhosis. I desperately need treatment as soon as possible so my liver does not fail!

This is the part where I know I should leave Hawaii!

I just took at ultrasound of my liver last Wednesday, only to find out that I will not get a reading to find the results until April!! Are you kidding me, 2 months to find the results of a ultrasound, this is just crazy, why so long? This should happen the next day, or maybe a week if the doctors are really busy, but two months? When I do go to the doctor in April, what will be the outcome of the ultrasound, will I need more tests, what is their plan?

I don’t understand what the holdup is, as back in January the liver specialist told me that I would need to go to the special clinic at the Hawaii Medical Center to start treatment,and that I should really consider taking part in a clinical trial of new medicine being tested. This sounds really bad to me.

I have not heard from the Hawaii Medical Center, and I think that it will be a very long time until I do. If I stay in hawaii I am afraid that my liver will fail waiting on the Hawaiian bureaucracy.I am wondering if I  get the proper treatment that I need at a mainland hospital where I am sure will have their act together much more than here in Hawaii!

It is sad that a city like Honolulu, can not be as good in business or medicine as the cites on the mainland. There is no reason why I should have to leave Hawaii, but I guess if I ever talked to anybody who became very ill, they might have had to do the same thing, leave the state of die waiting for treatment!

I am sad as  Hawaii Flash User Group that I started last year is going great! I am really proud of everything that I have done with the group. A year ago I started the group,and people thought that I was crazy saying that it would never work, but today there are over 40 members and I think that it is a great flash user group.

It is a shame that I could not get the interest of the flash design community, the university programs teaching graphic design, New Media Arts,and game design. I always hear that nobody will come to Hawaii and that the opportunities are not here, but until people start to come together for the greater good of the community it will never happen!

Also, because of me leaving I will not be pursing the flash camp for Honolulu as well. I think that this conference would have been great for Hawaii, maybe somebody else will plan to have one here!

Now I would love to stay in Hawaii, it has been my home for about 15 years, but unless there is a complete turn around and the doctors get me the medical attention that I need, I will be leaving very, very soon!

I will have to decided if I will try to make the hfug group to a on-line flash group, or just forget about it all together, my health is more important than running a flash user group no matter how much I love doing it!

Big Island Adobe User Group

In case you are on the Big Island there is a new group that has just formed there.

The group is ran by Dan Hoskins The primary focus of the group is for photographers and  designers on the big island.

Looks like an exciting new addition to the Adobe groups family, and is in Hawaii! Seeing from there homepage, there meetings attract a large crowed,

and has a photography focus, and had a meeting on lightroom.

Besides photography, the group also has meetings on photoshop and illustrator as well,

besides other design tools!

Big Island Adobe User Group, a group worth checking out!

Setting up a flash development environment with FDT

I would like to let you know in December the Hawaii Flash User Group will be hosting a FDT event here in Honolulu , and so if you are new to FDT, thinking about trying it, or a pro using FDT come check out our event.

This meeting will also be recoreded, so in the event you can’t make it, just watch the video later. It is also a good idea to come to the live event, becasue it is the only way you can ask questions.

Please check out the Adobe Groups site and RSVP if you are interested in coming to the event, it will be out last event of the year, and a huge party to follow with pizza, FDT Stickers & brochures (thanks to Burno Fonzi) software give aways, and other prizes as well

Setting up a flash development environment with FDT